Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a complex disorder.
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The exact cause of this devastating disorder still remains unknown. As with many of the syndromes that affect the whole person, CFS probably does not have one single cause. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that it may represent the endpoint of disease resulting from multiple causes.
What Causes CFS?
Like so many of our chronic disorders, CFS probably stems from a wide variety of conditions such as the following:
- Infectious Agents
Initially thought to be caused by the virus, Epstein-Barr (EBV) that causes mononucleosis
Other infectious agents, e.g. human retrovirus, human herpesvirus 6, enteroviruses, rubella, Candida albicans, more recently bornaviruses and Mycoplasma have been implicated.
There appears to no “one” pathogen as the causative agent
- Immunological Etiology
Even though no definitive immunological dysfunction has been identified, it still seems very plausible that something triggers an immune-like response in the patient. People with CFS do not have the typical laboratory findings of those with autoimmune diseases like lupus.
One thought has been that stress or a viral infection may lead to the chronic production of cytokines that can cause the kind of fatigue seen in patients with CFS.
- Central Nervous System
Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis (HPA)…Chronic stress alters the homeostasis of this important hormonal axis increasing cortisol and other hormones.
- Nutritional Deficiency
No specific deficiency has been identified, but people with a balanced diet have better health in general and certainly can help those with any chronic condition.
What are the Typical Symptoms of CFS?
Many disorders have fatigue as one of the symptoms, but the fatigue of CFS is severe, incapacitating that isn’t improved with rest; it may be worsened by physical or mental activity. This fatigue has an impact on the overall quality of life of the person with CFS, even forcing them to quit work and their own personal and social activities.
The characteristic symptoms (used to make the diagnosis) last at least six months:
- Difficulties with memory and concentation
- Problems with sleep
- Persistent muscle pain
- Joint pain (without signs of inflammation such as redness or swelling)
- Tender lymph nodes
- Increased malaise (fatigue and feeling of sickness) after exertion
- Sore throat
Other symptoms may include the following:
- Irritable bowel
- Depression, mood swings, anxiety, panic attacks
- Chills and night sweats
- Visual disturbance (blurring, sensitivity to light, pain)
- Allergies or sensitivities to foods, odors, chemicals, medication, or noise
- Brain fog
- Difficulty maintaining upright position, dizziness, balance problems, fainting
Homeopathy Shines in Chronic Conditions like CFS
It is clear that chronic conditions like CFS have multiple causes and thus are very difficult to treat with conventional medicine. As is so true of most conditions, conventional medicine can not offer a cure, only management. Since homeopathy works at the level of the whole vital energy of the person, homeopathic remedies can begin the healing process by restoring the immune system to balance and harmony.
In your initial consultation with our homeopathic physician, Dr. Wanda Bedinghaus, will take great care in understanding ALL of your symptoms. There is usually a pattern or vital sensation that runs through the whole symptom complex. Understanding this interconnectedness allows Dr. Bedinghaus to find the homeopathic remedy that best fits your unique condition.
Homeopathy can offer tremendous healing potential, and with patience and time you can find the healing you have been searching for. Dr. Bedinghaus is available to help you begin your healing process.
Please call today 303-986-0492 to make your first consultation appointment. Why continue to suffer?